This is how we make Hearn Family Granola

Helen Jane’s Granola Recipe

Most years we make granola for our friends and family.
This is our recipe.

It fits into 6 medium Bell jars. Double it and have enough for everyone.

4 cups oatmeal
1 cup almonds
2 tablespoons salt
1/2 cup large coconut flakes
1/2 cup light olive oil
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup dried peaches

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

Cover a baking sheet in parchment paper and set aside.

Put the almonds in a plastic bag and smash them with a hammer or mallet. Smash them until the almonds are smaller than pea sized, but not quite dust.

Slice dried peaches into short sticks, about 1/4″ wide x 1″ long. I like to use an oil-sprayed kitchen shears for this.

In a large bowl, add oatmeal, almonds, salt and coconut flakes. Mix together.

In a saucepan over low heat, mix light olive oil, honey and vanilla. Do this until the mixture is well-blended and warmed through.

Carefully add the oil/honey/vanilla mixture to the oatmeal mixture in the large bowl. Stir until oats and nuts are covered with goodness.

Spread the oat mixture evenly onto the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Stir in your cup of dried peaches.
Stir a little more.
Let cool completely on the pan.

Then squinch up the granola from big nuggets to small nuggets before adding to jars.

  • I cut large sheets of Avery 8.5″x11″ label paper to the right size.
  • I outline the labels with a Sharpie, and use a brush pen to write the label.
  • Tie it up with a canvas or twill ribbon and voila! You’ll find yourself with a relatively cheap, super homemade and usually appreciated holiday gift.

Happy granola-ing!